CCISD Encourages Screening for Disabilities

CCISD Encourages Screening for Suspected Disabilities
Posted on 10/14/2021
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The Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) offers special services to eligible infants, children and young adults, specifically from birth through age 21, identified with a disability.

The District must first identify, locate and evaluate these individuals in order to provide the help and support they need to thrive in school.  

Through Child Find*, CCISD seeks to promote awareness of both the evaluation process and service offerings so that parents and guardians may take full advantage of the array of special services that can benefit children and young adults with a disability or experiencing difficulty learning.

CCISD provides Special Education services under the following areas:

  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiply Disabled
  • Noncategorical Early Childhood
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

Who is Eligible for Screening, Evaluation and Services?

The following persons are entitled to a comprehensive evaluation to determine if their disability qualifies them for special education and related services to be provided through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and the rules of the Texas State Board of Education.

  1.  Residing in their homes or foster homes
  2. Not yet attending school or are attending daycare centers, public schools, independent schools, parochial schools, or are being home schooled
  3. Highly mobile or homeless
  4. Suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade

Based on the results of the evaluation, CCISD will determine service needs and placement options in partnership with the parent or guardian.

How to Seek Screening and Evaluation

Children learn at different rates, but some children have significant difficulty in one or more areas of development. If parents and guardians are concerned their child may be learning differently or suspect a disability, they can contact the principal or assistant principal on their child’s campus or CCISD Director of Special Education Support Services Dr. Pam Ellis at pmoore1@ccisd.net or (281) 284-0096.

Referral Process

Clear Creek ISD also seeks the support of the community to create awareness among families and encourages the display and/or dissemination of the attached Child Find informational flyers, in both English and Spanish. A referral to Child Find may be made by any person concerned about a child’s development including parents, preschool teachers/directors, physicians, outside agencies, therapists or early childhood interventionists.

 

*Federal and State laws require school districts maintain a Child Find system and processes for identifying, locating and evaluating individuals with disabilities, birth through 21 years of age, within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education or related services.

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